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Letter from the Chairman of The Board & President and CEO

Dear Friends,

More than 130 years ago, the entertainment community founded The Actors Fund to help fellow performing arts professionals in need. This insightful group of leaders saw that there was a hole that desperately needed to be filled, and they worked together to create an organization that continues to grow and change in order to help individuals in need, crisis or transition.

Today, The Actors Fund family—our wonderful Board of Trustees, teams of advisors, dedicated staff, and volunteers—continues to assess the changing landscape to ensure that it will always be there to help everyone in our profession, from musicians to grips, writers to actors, carpenters to camera operators. To that end, in 2013 members of our Board of Trustees met for a Strategic Planning Retreat, which you can read more about in our 2013 Annual Report.

Staying ahead and adapting in these changing times is vital. In 2013 we helped more people than ever before: 17,319 individuals—a staggering 28% increase in just one year, and almost 46% more than fi ve years ago. These numbers illustrate the fact that the services The Actors Fund offers are more in-demand than ever before, and this need shows no sign of abating.

As always, we thank all of the people and organizations that help us achieve our goals: our Board of Trustees, the entertainment unions, theatre owners, arts organizations, foundations, corporations, individuals and others, each of whom provides unique input and support to help us help the community at large. And we thank our biggest supporter, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: without you, we couldn’t help as many people as we do.

We invite you to read our 2013 Annual Report to learn more, make a donation and to find out how you, too, can join our long-standing tradition of supporting our creative community.